Originally published by Jerri Lynn Ward, J.D..
After Three Decades of Public Service,
DFPS Commissioner Specia Stepping Down from Top Job
AUSTIN – Judge John Specia Jr. announced his intention to retire as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) effective May 31, 2016.
“Judge Specia is a dynamic leader and has proven himself a true public servant for three decades,” Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor said. “His career will always be defined by his commitment to children, preventing child abuse and making Texas a safer place.”
Commissioner Specia is a distinguished former family law judge and attorney with broad experience in civil law and expertise in foster care and Child Protective Services cases. He became DFPS Commissioner on Dec. 1, 2012.
“It has been an honor every day working with the dedicated public servants at DFPS,” Commissioner Specia said. “I never cease to be amazed at the way our team fights for our kids and vulnerable adults, no matter the circumstances. I know they will continue to put at-risk Texans first as the HHS system transforms itself in the coming months and years.”
Commissioner Specia has been a recipient of the Dale Wood Award for outstanding protection of children by the judiciary and was named “Judge of the Year” by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates.
DFPS works with communities to protect children, the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The agency also works to protect the health and safety of children in day care and foster care.
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